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Year of the Artist, Day 88: Jamie McKelvie, Part 5 – Young Avengers #2, 4, 7, 9, 13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jamie McKelvie, and the issues are Young Avengers #2, 4, 7, 9, and 13, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated April, June, September, October 2013 and February 2014. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 8 January 2014

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we cry we laugh we feel we love we live
in the coffin of our existence and
IT IS ALWAYS TOO LATE (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)
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She Has No Head! – 25 Favorite Fictional Females, 2013 Edition!

News last week of my beloved Rogue being left on the cutting room floor for the forthcoming X-Men Days of Future Past film had me all mopey and thinking about why certain characters mean so much to me, and who manages to hang on, despite all odds. It was time for a list!

[As a sidebar, I didn't have time this year to do my annual holiday gift list, but I've included links to all of these characters' best or recent work that I mention so that if you're shopping super late this year, this could help you out.] And fair warning, before we begin, if a character was repeated on the list and I didn’t have a ton of new thoughts on her I cribbed heavily from my 2010 post, but I gave myself permission, so don’t worry.

As mentioned, back in 2010 I did a 20 Favorite Fiction Females post, and now, after a truly exciting year for female characters in comics, and with a promising 2014 ahead of us, I thought it might be time to revisit the list. See who still makes the cut and who fell clean off. I did a post in early 2013 about 10 characters that were making a run for the title, and some of those ladies did indeed make the jump, and deservedly so.

25 Favorite Females

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What I bought – 18 December 2013

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I did not betray Mr. Kurtz – it was ordered I should never betray him – it was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice. (Joseph Conrad, from Heart of Darkness)

(Lots of Not Safe For Work stuff in this post. You’ve been warned!!!!)
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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She Has No Head! – Dreamy Lady Team Ups

I was thinking a lot this past week about Young Avengers forthcoming end with issue #15, and how, as disappointed as I am to not be getting that book as a continued ongoing, there’s something wonderful about how Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers will now exist as a nearly perfect 15 issue run, with limited guest artists, no phone-it-in-issues (which just happens over a long run, it’s only natural), one clear and concise vision, and most importantly, no damn crossover issues or messy event tie-ins. Young Avengers will be able to be collected into a few awesome trades, and if we’re lucky someday maybe a sweet little omnibus. It will be a great book to put on your shelf and go back to time and time again. Kind of like the wonder that is Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E. – which I re-read at least once every year – and which stands out in the way that only the “brilliant but cancelled” can.

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But maybe these things don’t have to be “cancelled,” maybe, instead, like Young Avengers they can just choose to be one smaller and more defined moment.

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What I bought – 20 November 2013

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“This is what history consists of. It’s the sum total of all the things they aren’t telling us.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)
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She Has No Head! – For Your Consideration

Yup. Another superheroine on film post. Maybe I’ll just keep writing these until one gets made (probably not, I’m already pretty tired).

If you read this column frequently you guys know that I’m a pretty big fan of io9 in general, but Charlie Jane Anders has been killing it lately on the superheroines on film issue. First with her compilation of Action Movies Starring Women that I linked to in last week’s article and then this past week she proposed 8 ways to get a superheroine movie made, it’s a great piece even if I agree with some of the ideas more than others.

One thing she points out that I think is key, is that NOW is the time to get a superheroine movie made. Waiting two, three, four, or more years to get the ball seriously rolling on a superheroine film is just not an option. Moves need to be made now, or we might just miss our window. There’s sure to be burnout on superhero movies (are we already there?). As long as the movies continue to be good I think people will continue to spend money to see them (even if they complain or pretend to complain that they’re tired of them), but the mainstream audience may get weary, and seeing a bad one (they can’t ALL be good) can put a lot of people who aren’t naturally invested in superhero properties off the concept quickly.

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From Left: The Black Widow, The Runaways, Alias/Jessica Jones, X-Men, Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E., Batgirl, and Capt Marvel.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 060!

Hey! It’s our 60th Episode 3 Chicks Blue Brown Final2sized

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Inside this episode! A review of Scott Peterson and Annie Wu’s Batman Beyond #27 and a review of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers #8. Geoff Boucher of Entertainment Weekly joins us to talk about SDCC 2013 and everything SUPERHERO MOVIE! Links: Wired – We Don’t Need No Stinking Wonder Woman and Forbes – Wonder Woman Movie Will Deliver Big At Box Office for Warner Bros

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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The old debate: Art and writing about art in reviews, with regard to some of this past week’s comics

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I probably don’t have anything new to say, but what the heck, right? We’re all friends here!
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What I bought – 26 June 2013

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“Sotillo used to be very cordial to me at the Goulds’ and at the club. How that man’ll ever dare to look any of his friends here in the face I can’t imagine.”

“He’ll no doubt begin by shooting some of them to get over the first awkwardness,” said the doctor. “Nothing in this country serves better your military man who has changed sides than a few summary executions.” (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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Ecce libri cum picturis: Young Avengers #4, among other books

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You know, I hate living in a world where Kelly Thompson is even a little right, confound it!!!
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What I bought – 27 February and 6 March 2013

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George looked at his granddaughter’s empty suit. He thought of Job. Satan lacked imagination. To crack a man’s faith, one need not resort to burning his flesh, ruining his finances, or any such obvious afflictions. One need only take a man’s species away from him. (James Morrow, This Is The Way The World Ends)
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She Has No Head! – Why ‘Young Avengers’ Is The Future Of Superhero Comics

Young Avengers #1 variant cover by Bryan Lee O'Malley

I reviewed Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers for CBR this week and gave it an – apparently controversial for some – 5 stars. Given the title of this post I’m sure you can guess that I’m standing by that rating. But as I’ve said before, you have a limited word count (rightly so) on reviews, and I have lot more to say about this book, the ideas behind it, its nearly perfect execution, and how excited it makes me for the future of comics when I read a book like this. Because lists are so damn effective, I’m doing a list again…so let’s start by ticking off the boxes of what this book gets oh-so-right.

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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 20-26 January 2013

It’s another week of links! I could probably have more of these, but we should not gorge ourselves – that’s not good for anyone!
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